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Leaving bedside for health concerns

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by angelsigns angelsigns (New) New Nurse

angelsigns specializes in cardiac.

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Hello,

This is my 4th year of nursing. I have worked 3 years on a step down cardiac tele  floor where I have worked as a preceptor and charge nurse. I left 3 months ago to the cardiac icu in hopes of having a better job experience. I was hoping to find some relief from the burn out I felt while working on cardiac tele. We take care of a lot of open heart patients on that floor and having to reposition them, ambulate them, etc while they are weak and almost total care has worn my body down.
 

I am only 27 years old and my body hurts every day so much. I have scoliosis so I live in chronic back pain but it has gotten so much worse. On my days off I feel so week and my entire body and back hurt. I feel like an old lady. Someone my age shouldn’t feel the way I feel. 
 

I left to the icu 3 months ago hoping it would be better. I have realized it’s not. Not only that, my body, back, and neck pains hurt so much more. I think it’s from the higher level of stress caring for icu patients. I think I’ve been carrying the stress on my shoulders and my neck and upper back are so sore. I realized the ICU is also so much more stressful and I was not expecting to experience all this stress. I have a hard time eating sometimes because I clench my teeth so badly at night from the stress. 
 

I don’t feel like I see any hope from here on out. And I am wondering if this is a sign for me to leave.

I didn’t want to be like all the new nurses who flee so soon. I was hoping at least going for 5 years at the bedside. I don’t see my over all health getting better. 
 

I feel like a chicken and I feel like a weak person for deciding to leave. 

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juniper222 specializes in Pre Nursing.

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You have to do what is right for you.  I have seen some CXR of some bad spinal conditions and wonder how do those people get through the day!  The fact that you have pushed yourself to work, even in pain, says volumes about you. You should be proud, but you need to realistic about this too.  I have said before that nurses advocate for their patients, but need to advocate for themselves.  Don't beat yourself up about moving on.

Take care.

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Tweety has 28 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac.

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^^^what those guys said.  

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Daisy4RN has 20 years experience and specializes in Travel, Home Health, Med-Surg.

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There is absolutely no reason that you need to stay any amount of time if your health is at risk and especially 5 years. I am sorry for your situation and agree with the others, you need to do what is right for you. Maybe look for a job with less stress and less physical work. Search this site and others for a different setting that interests you and that you think would help with your health issues. Taking care of yourself is neither being weak or a chicken. Please take care of yourself, it is most definitely OK and a good thing! Good luck.

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"nursy" has 40 years experience as a RN and specializes in ICU, ER, Home Health, Corrections, School Nurse.

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22 hours ago, angelsigns said:

 

 

II feel like a chicken and I feel like a weak person for deciding to leave. 

 When I started in nursing 40 years ago, ICU was my dream job and I felt like the luckiest person to be able to do that kind of work.  Throughout the years, I did all different kinds of nursing, away from the bedside.  A few years ago I returned to ICU with the plan of getting my skills back and becoming a travel nurse.  Let me tell you, ICU has changed over the years, and it went from being my dream job, to the job from h***.   Nurses are burning out right and left, going home in tears, etc. etc.  So long story short, you are not a chicken or a weak person.  There may be ICU's (or med surg, or any unit)  out there that provide good working circumstances, but they seem to be in the minority.  I am now a school nurse, and just love it.  I am sure you can find something else that would be less stressful and hard on your body, and would make you a happier person.

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